Student Receives Honor at American Model United Nations Convention

Truman political science major Tawanda Kanhema won the “Outstanding Delegate Award for Exceptional Representation” of the Republic of Namibia in the First Committee of the General Assembly at the 20th American Model United Nations International Conference, which took place in Chicago from Nov. 21-24.

AMUN Executive Director Brian Endless presented the award to Kanhema, who represented Namibia in the first committee and drafted a resolution on effective methods of combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects in developing countries.

Kanhema’s draft resolution, sponsored by 37 countries, focused on African, South American and Asian countries battling with the proliferation of unregistered arms and proposed the tighter regulation of rogue arms manufacturers.  

There were nearly 50 universities from five countries (The United States, Venezuela, Nigeria, Taiwan and Belgium) representing 135 United Nations member states across the six committees of the General Assembly. Truman represented Namibia, Finland and Rwanda, and participated in the General Assembly, Security Council, World Food Program, World Health Organization and the International Court of Justice.

Kanhema also interviewed the keynote speaker, genocide hero Paul Rusesabagina from Rwanda, and wrote a story that has been published in five international newspapers. To read Kanhema’s article, visit

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